by VikkiH USER (20 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2008 | 9 replies

Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: From the word go, Phoenix sounds like a bad Sum 41 rip off, and it doesn't get much better than that.

Zebrahead - Phoenix

This album starts off sounding like a really bad Sum 41 rip off, and unfortunately, it doesn't get much better than that.

Now don't get me wrong, skimming through this album the intro's sound pretty good but after a 30 seconds of each song, they turn into the same one as before. It seems that Zebrahead keep trying way too hard to turn every single song on this album into a 'catchy anthem'. The guitar parts are pretty catchy and cool but the rest of it seems really bland and brings nothing too special to the table. The band seem like they're trying to deliver the same mesages that Blink 182, and many other bands have already driven to us. (Although in my opinion the other bands did it better.)

To first time listeners of this band, they may find something in this that they like, but to me, I would pick any other Zebrahead album over this.

It feels like they have run out of ideas and I have noticed alot of repeating of older lyrics. (Eg. in Hit The Ground, the lines "Like a stake through the heart, and you play the whore, cause you burned my soul" is like a repeat of "Take my heart and my soul" from The Anthem).

They seem to have taken alot of influence (or ideas) from early Sum 41 songs with riffs that sound like they're from Does This Look Infected.

Now, I'm not going to say they didn't put any of their own effort into this album, because they did. The album is well produced and the singer makes the best of his voice most of the time, and the percussion is spot on.

The dynamics of this album are pretty good and in some songs, there's alot of emotion shown (Eg. All For None and None For All).

Another thing is that I expected to hear some clever music and lyrics from looking at the song titles (The Junkie and The Halo, Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right but Three Rights Make a Left and Death By Disco) but there is nothing hear that separates it from the other angsty Pop-Punk albums out there.

In conclusion, the album doesn't really appeal to me. This band is going to be a hit or miss with alot of people. It's style is pretty unique. They do what Linkin Park do but make it more fun and upbeat, but there is only so much you can do with this style before it all sounds too generic and manufactured.

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August 22nd 2008


Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah, this is terrible.

August 22nd 2008


I can't wait for CreamCrazy's tantrum when he sees this, this is on his favorite albums of '08 list.

August 22nd 2008


These guys are still around??
That amazes me.

August 22nd 2008


Well a review is pretty much an opinion, if anyone's gonna throw a tantrum I'd like to see them write their own review of this and prove my points wrong.

August 23rd 2008


Lol No tantrums as of yet...

August 25th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

I hope I won't get flamed into the ground for the following, but I love this CD.

It's Zebrahead at its best and covers everything of what they're about: Entertaining people.

And I find their songwriting, solos, hooks and lyrically themes very entertaining and thrilling at times.

In my opinion they did a hell of a job with this record.

September 26th 2008


you said what i thought, zebrahead is a happy sped-up Linkin park. i dont mind, i kinda like the thought

July 30th 2009


Album Rating: 2.5

If you listen to any of their other albums you will start to become fed up. Pretty much all of their songs have the same structure and every song is over-catchy, as if they tried to make and album of 16 singles.

December 18th 2016


We have the right to have opinions you know. You clearly have low self-esteem wanting to see someone rage over a crappy review. XD

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